Team Excelle Sports

The team at Excelle Sports is made up of passionate people who are journalists, college and Olympic athletes, sports fans, innovators, social media gurus, sponsorship pros, pie-in-the-sky optimists, and overall believers in the power of women’s sports.

Kim Donaldson

Co-Founder & CEO

Kim Donaldson

WORK  |  20+ years of building brands and audiences. Co-founded Bottlenotes, a niche digital content site. Started Donaldson Design Group, a brand marketing and design firm. Started as an Art Director at Grey Advertising.

PLAY  |  A lifetime of skiing, skating, tennis, squash, running. Varsity high school squash and track. Yale varsity squash (National Championship team). Still playing squash and tennis, skiing and boxing. Love watching and going to Rangers, Knicks and Liberty games whenever I can.

LEARN  |  Yale University B.A. American Studies/Literature, Boston U., M.F.A.

Cat Osborne

Co-Founder, COO

Cat Osborne

WORK  |  Background in Institutional Sales and Research at SunTrust, Credit Lyonnais, Schroder’s and Dillon Read. Consultant on fundraising, operations and programming for schools, clubs and non-profits. Sit on numerous non-profit boards and committees.

PLAY  |  Varsity soccer, basketball and softball in high school. Played varsity softball one year in college. Still playing golf and tennis whenever I can. Renowned for cake design,

LEARN  |  Colgate University B.A., Columbia Business School, M.B.A.

Siv Paumgarten

Chief Revenue Officer

Siv Paumgarten

WORK  |  15+ years working with start-ups, small businesses, and on new projects within big companies: Katherine Hooker London, Stylitics, Indagare, Time, Inc., Ann Taylor Loft. Focus on growth strategy, financial models, and marketing CPGs, luxury goods, retail, ecommerce, and digital media. Management positions in marketing and strategic planning: Coach, Ralph Lauren, L’Oreal.

PLAY  |  Varsity high school sports. Princeton novice crew and club lacrosse. Run whenever I can and race occasionally. Backcountry skiing, backpacking, considering climbing.

LEARN  |  Princeton University B.A., Columbia Business School M.B.A.

Brett Amadon

Staff Writer/Video Editor

Brett Amadon

WORK  |  Former contributor for U.S. Lacrosse Magazine, broadcaster/producer at BTN Student U and Scarlet and Gray Sports Radio, sports reporter for The Lantern at Ohio State, and intern at ESPN Cleveland.
PLAY  |  Ohio State club lacrosse midfielder. Played intermediate intramural hockey and wasn’t terrible.
LEARN  |  Ohio State University B.A., Columbia University M.S.

Celia Balf

Contributing Writer - Soccer & Lacrosse

Celia Balf

WORK | Former freelancer for Excelle. Former Times Union Sports intern and contributor, Time Warner Cable News intern and Yahoo! Sports editorial intern. Sports Editor at UAlbany senior year.
Twitter: @celiabalf

PLAY | University at Albany Women’s Soccer (center back). Loves cycling, running and hiking!

LEARN | University at Albany B.A. Journalism

Amanda Doyle

Editorial Director

Amanda Doyle

WORK  |  NBC Sports/Olympic Channel; Sports Illustrated.

PLAY  |

LEARN  |  Villanova University, B.A. English.

Adele Jackson-Gibson

Staff Writer

Adele Jackson-Gibson

WORK  |  Started as an English teacher in Japan then started working as a marketing assistant at Nichols School of Buffalo, NY. Now chasing after her writing career.

PLAY  |  Yale Varsity Track and Varsity Soccer (goalkeeper). Loves CrossFit and can’t imagine a day without moving a barbell. US Women’s National Soccer Team fanatic.

LEARN  |  Yale University B.A., New York University Masters in Journalism

Yuti Joshi

Editorial Intern

Yuti Joshi

WORK | Worked as a staff writer at Georgia State University’s college newspaper, The Signal. Post graduation, started as a content manager at Trivago in Dusseldorf, Germany then was an advertising campaign manager at Inform in NY. Now chasing after editorial and video news production.

PLAY | High school varsity tennis in Atlanta, GA. Intramural soccer player on the weekends. Cricket, soccer and racket sports fanatic.

LEARN | Georgia State University B.A. Journalism, Columbia University M.S. Journalism

Lindsay Kist

Social Media Director

Lindsay Kist

WORK  |  Five years leading Digital Communications, two years leading Champion Athlete Leadership at the Women’s Sports Foundation.
PLAY  |  Former scholarship swimmer at North Carolina State University; five-time U.S. Open qualifier. Currently a wannabe triathlete, runner, yogi and spin star. Lover of live music and Mexican food.
LEARN  |  North Carolina State University, B.A., English.

Emma Leyden

Contributing Writer - Basketball

Emma Leyden

WORK  |  Previously worked for the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport. Former Excelle Sports Editorial Intern, now freelancing from the west coast. Currently coaches a girls Varsity high school basketball team and privately trains female clients in skill development. Founded and runs, Pick Her Up Basketball, a weekly women’s pick up basketball organization in the San Francisco Bay Area.

PLAY  |  Former Division III basketball player and team captain at Macalester College. Still obsessed with playing pick up basketball and in recreational leagues. The WNBA’s biggest fan.

LEARN  |  Macalester College, B.A. Psychology/ American Studies minor

Pat Ralph

Staff Writer

Pat Ralph

WORK  |  Former U.S. Autos Reporter for Bloomberg News, Contributing Writer for AOL Sports, College Sports Reporter for The Villanovan, and High School Sports Reporter for Jersey Sports News. Started blog called The Sports Zone.

PLAY  |  Enjoys running, swimming, and playing basketball. Hoping to play more golf and tennis. 

LEARN  |  Villanova University B.A. Political Science/Communications, Columbia University M.S. Journalism

Kimberly Vandenberg

Contributing Writer - Swimming & Water Polo

Kimberly Vandenberg

WORK  |  Marketing and Research Assistant for Rebecca Handler Photography. Media Assistant, the WILD Magazine. Writer, Sachin & Babi. Athlete Ambassador, Up2Us and Kids Play International. Mentor, Classroom Champions. Swim Clinician and Motivational Speaker for Mutual of Omaha Breakout Swim Clinics.

PLAY  |  Olympic Bronze Medalist in Swimming, Pan American Gold Medalist, World Championship Silver Medalist, three-time U.S. National Champion, French National Champion. 16-time All American at UCLA. Yoga and meditation enthusiast. Love swimming, boxing, soccer, volleyball, water polo, and dance.

LEARN  |  UCLA, B.A. History

Chris Yates

Head of Sales & Business Development

Chris Yates

WORK  |  Chris Yates is a seasoned multi-media sales veteran with deep experience and proven success in building businesses and ramping revenue for established brands and young digital startups.  He possesses extensive sales & leadership experience in media sales, with leading companies such as Time Inc, Viacom, Primedia, Scholastic, Wenner Media, Bauer Media & Ziff Davis. In his entrepreneurial leadership experience he has successfully launched the Global Ad Sales & Strategy for many digital start-ups with regard to ad supported digital media companies by providing business development & sales services focused on display, online video, mobile, and social media.
PLAY  |  Holds to this day 2 high school baseball pitching records of most strikeouts in a season (143) and most strike outs in a game (18) and has excelled at high levels in baseball as well as ice hockey, ultimately having to choose one in college. Chris pursued baseball and was the Captain of then Div. 2, Quinnipiac University (now D1).  He continues in sport playing as well as coaching baseball and ice hockey.

LEARN  |  Quinnipiac University, B.A. Psychology, Baseball Captain